CINCINNATI - Rob Manfred continues to have nothing but praise for the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.
"I think Alex, obviously, has performed on the field very, very well," the MLB commissioner said Tuesday morning during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "I'm glad about that."
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Manfred repeatedly has been asked about Rodriguez since taking over as commissioner in January, in large part because of the pair's ugly past. Manfred, under former commissioner Bud Selig, headed MLB's Biogenesis investigation that resulted in A-Rod's full-season suspension in 2014.
But a steady thawing has taken place since then, starting in January when Rodriguez asked for, and was granted, a meeting with the new commissioner.
"I've said this a bunch of times," Manfred said. "I think when people are suspended for the length of time he was suspended for, the flip side of that equation is those people should be entitled to resume their career, and he's done that successfully."
MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark, addressing the BBWAA after Manfred, complimented Rodriguez on how he handled the home run bonus money dispute with the Yankees.
"What was fantastic here was how Alex carried himself," Clark said.
Rather than engage in a protracted fight over the $6-million bonus that was part of a marketing agreement for tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list with 660, A-Rod and the Yankees, with the blessing of MLB and the MLBPA, chose a $3.5-million donation to various charities.
"There were challenges throughout but, again, Alex is in a good place, Alex is very happy with how things turned out," Clark said. "And we are, and will continue to be, very supportive of Alex in the fashion that puts us in a position at the end of the day where he is comfortable with how things took place."
Clark said he was not concerned about any kind of precedent being set regarding future disputes that might come up between players and teams regarding bonuses.
"This was a very particular situation, one that allowed us to have this conversation and inevitably an agreement where moving forward everybody was fine with what happened," Clark said. "We'll address the next situation when and if it comes."